Isaac's most recent Medium article proposes that all mass killings happen for the same reason: a breakdown in morality and of the lack of a common code, a function that religion used to fill. Charles and Isaac discuss the specifics of this and whether "globalists" are espousing their own version of religion. Also serial vs. spree killers: which is cooler? Probably serial killers. Isaac's SJW fixation makes its regular appearance. This is a good episode if you want to hear an argument between two people who probably just need to take a philosophy class.
Lee Barron is back to reveal a weird fact: he is the creator of the famous "Pastor Gas" viral video that's lived on the Internet forever. Charles and Isaac talk to Lee about how it feels to have your creative output generate income for others, appear on the MTV Movie Awards, and in general be a minor cultural touchstone without seeing any compensation or credit. Also discussed: the connection between Internet humor and 1980s video montage, what constitutes intellectual property theft, and why something goes viral. Pastor Gas video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtW5upD5oW4
This episode was recorded on Father's Day, with none other than Isaac's father Tom Simpson joining the show! A self-described liberal parent, Tom conveys his disappointment in having an "alt-right troll" for a son. Charles shares his 23andMe test results which begins a long discussion on genealogy and whether your family history is worth knowing. Tom talks about a trip to Venice Beach, which resulted in him clearly being scammed. Isaac and Charles get into it on Russia but find common ground in mocking the new snowflakes of the alt-right getting upset over the recent production of Julius Caesar featuring Trump as Caesar. Call your dad!
Has New York City lost its magic? That's the lead in to today's episode which finds Isaac returned from a trip to Gotham and very displeased with its current state. Both former residents of New York, Isaac and Charles discuss the ways it has changed, from the alleged SJW-ification of the subway to the loss of storefronts to the tech industry slowly gobbling up Manhattan. Then it's a study on public transportation and the question of whether poor people claim property via sound, why Where the Wild Things Are is a terrible film, and delightful stories of crazy people on the subway. Music: www.bensound.net
Charles had an embarrassingly bad radio show during his freshman year of college, and this episode features cringey audio clips of it which are picked over by Isaac and comedian Erik Escobar. Listen as 18 year old Charles tries hard to be edgy, gives "shoutouts," and relentlessly steamrolls over his cohost. In true NAHF fashion, this leads to discussions about Elliot Rodger as well as how people present themselves as characters. Email us with your thoughts at email@example.com.
Part 2 of Isaac and Charles's conversation with not-right wing intellectual Anthony Arroyo. This week, the rising popularity of Jordan Peterson is examined, as well as his very shrill voice. What about Peterson's message is resonating, and why? Things move on to "90s fedora atheist" Sam Harris, whether morality exists separate from God, why incest is wrong, and rising incidents of campus protests and violence.
It's Part 1 of a special two part discussion with Anthony Arroyo on the nature of the modern right wing in America. Anthony doesn't consider himself a right wing intellectual but is interested in right wing ideas. What does "right wing" mean in 2017, and what it does it not mean? Isaac, Charles, and Anthony get deep into frogtwitter, Urbit, technoskepticism, Marx's bete noire Max Stirner and more! Everyone thinks the left would be healthier if it spent more time engaging in arguments instead of moralizing. Music: www.bensound.com
This episode is all over the place! Isaac and Charles begin with a discussion about a recent Sam Harris podcast on the ways apps vie for our attention. Sam Harris might have an ASMR voice and Isaac learns about creepy ASMR videos and then complains about annoying Ira Glass-style voices on podcasts like S-Town and Missing Richard Simmons. Charles objects to Isaac's assertion that the government owning less land will ease the housing crisis and Isaac displays his distaste for national parks. A little something for everyone!
Donald Trump's first 100 days have just completed, and Isaac and Charles look back on an old episode from March 2016 where they made a number of predictions about what a Trump presidency would look like. Both are right and wrong about a host of issues, but one thing is for sure: very few people were taking a Trump presidency seriously in those days. Note: this episode was recorded before the most recent Trumpcare bill passed the House. Also discussed: LA hotels that trick tourists, the films of Paul Haggis and Charlie Kaufman, and more!
Ad executive Chris Callahan joins Isaac and Charles for a discussion on advertising. Chris predicts the era of feel-good branding is almost over, and Isaac wonders why so many advertisers seem hell-bent on promoting a liberal agenda when half of their customers might get turned off by such sentiments. The Pepsi ad is naturally dissected, and Chris provides data about who actually buys Pepsi and why Pepsi might have made the ad in the first place. Charles and Isaac yell at each other. Also under the microscope is the 84 Lumber Super Bowl ad, and everyone offers some inappropriate suggestions for how it should have ended. Also discussed: Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer shilling beer, the Heineken and Danish TV ads promoting unity. Music: www.bensound.com